Last month, I hypothesized that Julep's numerous, sizable changes are a way for them to help predict how many polishes they need to produce. If everyone upgrades one month and everyone skips the next month, they end up with a gazillion of the least popular polishes that they ultimately need to discount and move.
This month, when I went to order my Julep box, I got further evidence in support of my theory: they sold out of box upgrades. I logged into Julep when I got off of work on the 20th (which is the first day to look at your box), so this wasn't even the end of the box window. They've obviously dramatically cut down on the number of upgrades available, likely because, if they always sell out, they know exactly how much they need to produce.
(Alternative explanation: Julep boxes are pretty expensive. $20 for old subscribers, $24 for new subscribers. Not a lot of people want to add a $55 upgrade on top of that. It's possible that only beauty bloggers, who are kept in business by your sweet, sweet referrals, and thus get upgrades for free, are upgrading on a regular basis. Julep may think they are giving out too much free swag to people who are going to promote them no matter what they do.)
So, I guess I ended up with an "It Girl" box this month.
Here's what I got:
The "bonus" for the month was three PixyStix, because the one thing you need with your nail polish is a mix of sugar and citric acid that reminds you of childhood Halloweens.
In addition, I got the standard three nail polishes that come in every It Girl box.
The colors included:
Savoy, a metallic antique gold.
Phia, a lilac glitterbomb.
Jennine, a teal matte glitter that dries to a sandpapery texture. This was my favorite of the three, since it gives a funky, ocean-inspired look:
Overall, I'm satisfied with my box, but I'm bummed that I did not get a chance to grab the whole collection. However, since there were no products in particular that are hurting my heart to have missed, I'm glad that I know now to be more diligent on the morning of the 20th so that I don't miss out on something I'm actually psyched about.
As always, the code FREEBOX will get you your first box for free. (Pre-pay for 3-months and you can skip shipping costs on your first box, as well.) You can also feed my hunger for more referrals by clicking here.